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this is cnn breaking news. so grateful to have you with us here to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. good morning. new developments in the breaking news. russia is calling to the strongest condemnation of north korea after its announced its powerful and most provocative nuclear test yet. >> they are calling it a perfect success. quote. north korea saying. >> that would be a major development and clear message to the world. and president trump said that north korea is not backing down. >> overnight the usga measured 6.3 magnitude earthquake not far from north korea's test site. the numbers are still coming in. but south korea estimates it at
50 kilotons. sixth and easily the strongest nuclear test we have seen and that 50 kilotons is obviously, much stronger than the 10 that was registered in september. >> just hours before this announced test, pa yang said it had an icbm ready hide again bomb. these are the pictures of the leader inspecting that bomb. global leader are condemning the test and calling for new measures against the regime. >> translator: if north korea has gone ahead with a nuclear test, this is absolutely not acceptable and we will have to strongly protest. we are starting national security council now to collect information and analyze this. >> we want to begin with cnn's will ripley who join us from tokyo. he just returned, i think yesterday, didn't you? from pyongyang? what are you hearing there this morning? >> reporter: yeah. i woke up in pyongyang yesterday
and landed in tokyo last night. i thought when i left north korea after speaking with government officials and some statements from north korean media talking about the fact if the united states were to shift its longstanding position of refusing to acknowledge north korea as a nuclear power, then perhaps kim jong-un and his government is open to diplomacy. when they released those numbers showing kim jong-un looking over that miniaturized nuclear war head, i started to get a little nervous. it was a couple of hours later, the earthquake was detected. a massive 6.3 earthquake at a mountainous border region near china. the earthquake felt not just in north korea but registering seismic monitoring stations all over the world. an explosion, eight, possibly ten times stronger than a nuclear bomb dropped on hiroshima in japan 1945 and
another sign that north korea is not backing down despite the fiery rhetoric of president trump but escalating the situation. we were speaking with government officials in pyongyang last week. they said they do not want to use the nuclear weapons they are developing against the united states oven when they laun. now their sixth nuclear test the fourth test ordered by kim jong-un. north korea says these weapons of mass destruction. north korea thinks they are keeping the peace by preventing the u.s. of launching a attack on their country and perhaps giving them leverage against the u.s. which is a far more powerful and far more wealthy and far more influential adversary. now we have to wait and see how the united states respond. >> boris sanchez is joining us
live now. any reaction at all from the white house? >> good morning. no reaction yet from the white house. cnn has reached out to the pentagon, but we have yet to hear back. we should tell you we are hearing some information coming from south korea. we understand that several of their security chiefs have spoken with their american counterparts as well as some japanese security chiefs have spoken with their american counterparts including h.r. mcmaster so we know at least the administration is aware of these tests. they are aware of the south korean response. a interesting note from the security chief in south korea. the writes very sensitive conversations going on right now. you can imagine the white house is preparing a response and this really will be key in determination the future of this relationship. in part, because of the
escalation that we have seen. just about every time that there has been some provocation from north korea a test or missile launch we have seen a stern and strong and aggressive response from president trump, be it fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen, or saying that our military assets are locked and loaded. saying that all options are on the table. and each and every time we see a stronger provocation from flnor korea and this by far the strongest. the question becomes how will the white house respond? will we see president trump again come forward and be aggressive and assertive and giving a stern warning to kim jong-un or see him take a much more diplomatic track, what we have seen from some of his closest advisers including secretary of defense mattis saying diplomacy is the best option forward with north korea.
secretary of state rex tillerson echoing those remarks. the president, himself, a few days left the door open for diplomacy saying he believes that kim jong-un is beginning to respect the united states saying, maybe, but not probably something good will come of that. after that we saw north korea launch missiles over japan and the president tweet out saying talking is not the answer. there is the tweet there. a very, very concerning moment and, again, the response from the white house here will determine this relationship moving forward. >> boris sanchez for us from washington, thank you. we want to go to cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour. we look at this this morning. russia calling for the strongest com deny nation of the north korea nuclear test and china saying the same and south korea
saying the same. all of these condemnations a lot of people will say they have gotten us nowhere and haven't slowed down the proliferation of these regimes to test the nuclear ambition. where do we go from here? >> that is absolutely right. nothing been tried so far has worked in this regard. the key u.s. officials, senior u.s. oofgs who are the most plugged in to the north koreans have been saying for a while now that this regime is not going to give up its nuclear weapons. they view it as a deterrent against a destruction of their own regime and the guarantor of the survival of the kim dinesy. the key issue here in today's development is this militarized hide again bomb they claim they have perfected and claim they can put it on an icbm which means it can reach the united states. the game changing development happened today the fact can tcan reach the u.s. the u.s. has to get its allies on board and analyst saying it has to really come up with a
very firm policy of deterrents and containing north korea. you can't stop them. they have got the goods right now. you have to stop them i don't go it and make it absolutely clear that nothing is going to happen to their advantage if they use th this. the old fashion soviet style has to go in place. convince china, as everybody knows, is a big and major player in this. and china has not yet taken that strategic step, that strategic decision to go all to stop north korea in its ethis path. some say heavily increase south korean and japanese and u.s. in that area there build it up or make it an bad thing or uncomfortable thing for china. give china the option either you take the lead or either you do this and deal with it and put on
heavy sanctions or you'll see a much bigger buildup of u.s. and allies forces in the region. potentially, down the line, there would be some room, once a real containment in place, for some kind of negotiations. but right now, the aim is to make clear to north korea that it's going to be contained and it can't use those weapons. >> let me ask you. we have talked about this latest condemnation coming from russia calling for the strongest condemnation. just before we came on, i was reading this article that was released by the kremlin in which russian president vladimir putin was quoted as saying, putting pressure on pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misdecided and i futile. seems like an inconsistency at the least and a discrepancy there. what do you make of that? >> you see that is the problem. when president putin and president ping of china met a
couple of months ago saying north korea has to stop this but the united states has to stop its presence in the region, has to stop its joint exercises with south korea, has to basically remove itself from the korean peninsula and paing pyongyang's line u.s. reciprocal. that is a nonstarter in the region. that is where russia and china are at odd with the other members of the five permanent security council members. so that is a problem. so they really do have to be brought on board to get as much of a unified and single voice because a very powerful and increasingly sophisticated nuclear north korea is not in anybody's interest. not just the united states but not just the region, but russia, china, and all of those other countries. >> all right. christiane amanpour, thank you so much for the insight. >> he has threatened to
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north korea claiming to have perfect success in testing a hydrogen bomb for its intercontinental bisqallistic missile. >> kim jong-un affair the test here. this is the country's sixth test of a nuclear weapon, first of the president, the trump administration i should say. japan says the tremors caused by the test were ten times more powerful than the last nuclear test. >> here is the thing.
north korea has ignored warnings and sanctions and attempts to diplomacy which makes everybody say, where do we go from here? >> here is what the president said last month about kim jong-un. >> kim jong-un, i respect the fact that i believe he is starting to respect us. i respect that fact very much. and maybe, probably not, but maybe something positive can come about. >> joining is tom and sarah. we talked this morning about some of the inconsistencies between the president and members of his cabinet and if that is just members on different pages or strategy. i think we need to pay attention what the president has said. he said fire and fury if kim jong-un threatens the u.s. and says they are respecting us.
then he says the time for talking days later for talking is over. what room has the president left himself for a response to this nuclear test, tom, that would be -- that would match the latest rhetoric or any of it? >> it's really interesting. right? we need to see what he is going to say and tweet. we are all anxious to see how he is going to respond today. if you look at north korea and kim jong-un what is going is a constant trajectory and constant increasing of what their capabilities and displays and everything. a constant trajectory there. what we are seeing in the trump white house is bvert. maybe fire and fury. a couple of week later maybe get him to the table. there is a big question there right now. the one thing i keep on going back from from harvey to charlottesville and north korea, the constant issues is you have to have your own house in order
first. and that is why it's important they have the big change with kelly a few weeks ago and that is another real big test how kelly plays, chief of staff kelly plays into this response so we are all watching anxiously right now. >> sarah, let's listen together here to something that a professor at the department of security studies in texas said just yesterday here about north korea. >> real economic pressure on north korea's elicit financial activities, many of them are related to proliferation and many help raise money so they can keep building these new modernized systems by their standards. >> the elicit dealings, he is talking about, there are reports and beliefs that they get their money to all of this from hacking banks and countfitting cash. is there a way for the international community to infiltrate that is in the. >> it's heart to police the
illegal activity that north korea already engages in. the united states can put pressure on china and other regional allies to exercise its influence in pyongyang to take money off the table that is part of the economy. i believe it's a very significant, as much as a third, of north korea's economy is money from china. so that is the kind of pressure that the united states can put on china, but trump has already expressed his dissatisfaction with the way beijing has handled north korea has said that china is not doing as much as it can to put pressure on north korea and i think that is why you saw the administration this summer take step, pave the way to crack down on china when it comes to trade intellectual property theft to increase the pressure on beijing. they tried the carrot approach to try to entice china to work with them on north korea by backing off that threat trump made during the campaign to label china currency manipulator. then trump was clear he was is
not satisfied how far china was getting with north korea, brought in the stick saying we are going to crack down on you for stealing american i.p. for what we view as unfair trade practices unless you step up your game with north korea and it's not clear yet whether that has been effective but that certainly is one of the approaches that the administration is going to be looking at in the coming days. >> the president, we talked about it this morning said the talks are not the answer. but a few weeks earlier and several times over the administration, secretary of state rex tillerson said talks are possible with north korea abandons its nuclear developments and ambitions. is there anything element in this administration, tom, that thinks that possibly they would have to offer a concession and have the talks before that to try to stop north korea from getting to that point of a nuclear warhead? >> i think it's fascinating to watch the adviser here and the
seniors secretary, tillerson, mattis, you know, the way they have come out and in agreement that, you know, some diplomatic measure theed to need to be tak. the order in the white house i go back to that. it wasn't too long ago we were seeing big report internally of the president's problems with tillerson. you know? this disconnect between them. we have seen reporting over the last few days about chafing under kelly. so, again, everything need to be in order for this to work. at the end of the day, you could have tillerson saying and you could have mattis saying it. what matter what comes out in that trump tweet. that is what is the statement of the united states. if it says more fire or fury it doesn't matter what the others say. >> good point. sarah westwood and tom lobianco, thank you both for being with us. >> thanks. >> later this morning let you know texas governor greg abbott and arizona senator jeff flake
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missile. >> it caused tremors that are ten times stronger than the last nuclear test. >> south korea held an in this national security council meeting presided over by president moon jae-in after this test. listen to this here. >> translator: during the meeting, we decided to discuss. >> will pirley tweeted this. >> cnn asia pacific editor andrew stevens is joining us live from tokyo. andrew, we are with understanding right now that china's foreign minister has come out and condemned this, but
china's president has not. what are you hearing there? >> reporter: yeah. that's right, and certainly china condemned in no uncertain fashion either strongly condemning that provocative action taken by north korea and taken north korea not to at that time wrong actions. no indication from beijing they are preparing to change this strategy about dealing with floo north korea. china has made it clear quite sometimes and several weeks now backing of russia on this. this is a diplomatic solution only and the only way to get the talking started is to -- is for the u.s. to stop holding its joint military exercises with south korea that so incenses north korea and at the same time north korea suspend its missile program and its nuclear program. obviously, over the past few
hours we have seen there is no indication at all that north korea plans to do this. but china is sticking to this line. having said that, north korea certainly poked the eye of the chinese president xi jinping with his action because it comes on the eve of this sort of prestigious summit seen in china on of the britt countries. china, israeli, and south africa and russia. the leader are here and xi jinping big moment nationally and internationally and the last thing he wanted to be is hijacked by north korea. ed nothing about north korea in his opening comments here. no doubt north korea is angry. neither of north korea's leader or china have visited the other and that is going on several years now and no love loss between these two. no indication china is prepared
to ratchet things up. 90% of north korea's international trade goes through china. it has that leverage but saying basically indicating it prefers to have a nuclear north korea as opposed to a chaotic north korea in collapse of millions of refuges. this is a line they have used for a long time. >> yes, it is. andrew stevens, i want to correct myself. in china there. andrew stevens in china. thank you so much. >> bring in a cnn contributor and global fellow with the wilson center. he opened the associated press pyongyang bureau in 2012 and on the phone with us. >> thank you so much. what do you glean here from what we have been hearing this morning about north korea? can they be brought to the negotiating table? >> this was a major development. so i woke up here in seoul to these photos that paper with these photos of kim jong-un with
this miniaturized nuclear warhead. this is one of the key aspects that they were trying to accomplish was to get a nuclear warhead small enough and light enough but powerful enough to put on an intercontinental ballistic missile to strike the u.s. something kim jong-un said he is doing this year and he is now saying he accomplished it. major milestone in terms of north korea. major provocation for the region that nuclear test that followed one after another today was massive. as somebody iting sitting here seoul to have a explosion of that magnitude and such a huge increase in payload compared to previous tests is frightening just from a nuclear security point of view. we don't have international inspectors who are able to go in and monitor it or check to make
sure there isn't any radiation. so major development. this is something that north korea is going to be celebrating. they have a foundation day coming up on saturday so they are going to be looking at this as something that they can celebrate. but it comes -- it will come at a cost. it's going to mean more sanctions, more isolation, but i think that after -- and opening after a certain period that all of these parties will be able to get to the negotiating table because there is really no other way out of this standoff. >> jean lee, thank you so much. appreciate your insight there. >> . today, if you've forgotten, is a national day of prayer for the people affected by hurricane harvey. president trump made the
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major nuclear test. their word and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the united states. this clearly one of at least a sear of tweets that are upcoming from the president. he has yet to follow that up. of course, the question has to be what would be his approach in responding to this latest provocation from north korea? does he continue this line of aggressive threatening rhetoric when he says that north korea will see fire and fury unlike any the world has ever seen before? or saying that all u.s. military assets are locked and loaded and that all option are on the table? or does he take a much more measured approach, something that has been recommended by some of his closest advisers, the secretary of defense james mattis, who said that diplomacy is the way to move forward with north korea. something that was echoed by the secretary of state rex tillerson as well.
so far, we have no indication as to how the president is set to respond to this. we know that the administration was working on some kind of response. from what we understand overnight, security officials, both in south korea and in japan, have been in touch, in communication with their american counterparts, including national security adviser h.r. mcmaster. one interesting note that may give us an idea what is being examined by the u.s. and its allies in the region is a south korean -- oops. here is the second part of that tweet. again, the president writing north korea is a rogue nation has become a great threat, an embarrassment to china, which is trying to help but with little success. this echoeses something that the president has said before. we have heard him as far back as the campaign trail eluding to the fact he believes china need
to do more to tamper down some of the aggression by north korea and he has tweeted he is frustrated with the lack of chinese involvement and here is another reference to that saying that north korea is an embarrassment to china which is trying to help but with very little success. >> boris sanchez from washington watching the president's response, we will bring you back if he offers anything more. >> sarah westwood is with us now. boris just read the who latest tweets coming in ten minutes and one minute ago, two minutes ago. they souped like very measured responses from the president. >> and nothing new. >> exactly. they are in keeping with what the administration has laid out so far as its basic strategic vision for north korea which is its primary preferred course of action would be to have china deal with north korea, to have china exert economic pressure on
starting to respect us. i respect that fact very much. and maybe, probably not, but maybe something positive can come about. >> sarah, do we have any indication what happened to go from fire and fury to i respect the fact that -- what made him believe kim jong-un was starting to respect us? >> look. i think president trump, it's not the first time he has expressed respect for kim jong-un in the past and made comments kim jong-un had to take over the country at a young age from his father and he respected his leadership and those comments caused a stir in the past so not the first time he has made some vaguely kind statements about the leader of north korea but certainly it raised eye borrows at the time and in the context of this additional nuclear test the first one of his administration, it definitely raises eyebrows once again. we just don't know how president trump is going to handle this moving forward. is he going to stick to this
measured tone if he is put in front of reporters later today or tomorrow? is he going to make an off-hand off-scripted remark that undermines this response to the nuclear test? those are the kind mistakes we have seen the white house make in the past that has weakened its position on any given issue. so that is always a risk that president trump could undercut his own message by coming out with a rogue comments that escalates tensions with ya po pyongyang even further. >> we will see if this is the entirety of the twitter statement. sarah westwood, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> tension between the u.s. and north korea, especially morning reaching new heights and international community now chiming in, we take a look into america's last line of defense here that would stop an incoming nuclear attack from this regime. patrick woke up with back pain. but he has work to do. so he took aleve. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now.
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breaking news this morning president trump is now responding to north korea's announcement that it has tested a nuclear bomb here. we have got the first two tweets in and now a third in just the last couple of second. let's read them for you. north korea has conducted a major nuclear test. their word and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the united states. >> north korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and an embarrassment to china which is trying to help but with little success. and the last tweet, just three minutes ago, south korea is finding, as i have told them, their talk of appeasement with north korea will not work. theynd only one thing. we have heard from south korea today and none if apiecement is a word to characterize what they are doing. >> appeasement is a loaded term but south korean president moon
jay moon jae-in. also understanding one thing. is that strength, is that military strength? will we see a ratcheting up in the air and in the waters off the pet anyways la, we'll have to see, but the president out with tweets. we'll have to see if anything more comes from the white house. we've heard from russia and south korea, all condemning what happened, but we have sounds fr fromno fr fr. >> translator: we've all felt it, but we can perfectly rely on our operationability and just how greatly our technology has
progressed. >> just heard the news that the tests to be installed on a missile has been successfully conducted. i am cheering with respect and honor, proud to be a part of this nation. while that's a fascinating edition, i don't know that one we would expect to see on official state television other than praises of kim jong-un and glee from the people there in north korea. a military base is preparing for a worst-case scenario. >> we are shown what stands between the united states and a north korean missile strike. >> reporter: this is america's final shield, the last and only protection against an incoming north korean nuclear missile. housed deep underground in the
heart of alaska's frontier at ft. greeley. the heavily armed battalion is in a landscape frigid even in summer, the tip barely revealing what lees underneath. we're allowed underground. >> this is what would be launched to intercept any threat coming in to defend the homeland. >> the key piece of equipment is right here? >> reporter: the kill vehicle is right there. >> reporter: the kill vehicle to take down any potential missile comes to the u.s., including from north korea which the u.s. could face in the future. here's how it works. north korea launches. >> we are engaging the threat at this time. >> reporter: instantly
activating a secured room at ft. greely. so we can show you generally how the interceptors work. >> as the alarms go off, what you would see is the while shells behind us would separate quickly and immediately you would see a flash of game as the gbi leaves the tube at an incredible speed. >> reporter: if it works, the interceptor kills the incoming nuclear weapon. >> we train to shoot a bullet at the bullet and destroy it so that it doesn't destroy us. >> reporter: have the drills this year taken on a new meaning? >> what that does is make it more real. i now have a leader of the foreign country who says i'm going to take my missile, and i'm going to kill your citizen with it. >> reporter: what kind of confidence do you have if north korea launches a missile that
the system would work. >> i have 100% confidence the system would work. >> reporter: despite a 60% success rate. it has only struck its -- >> just because we've had some failures doesn't mean we're not learning. >> alaska senator dan sullivan believes the interceptors are still america's best shot as a last defense, as north korea rapidly moves closer to being ability to strike the u.s. mainland, introducing a bill boosting the missiles to a total of 72, so far a cost of $40 billion to taxpayers. >> doing nothing in the face of this threat, when we clearly have the capability to make sure we have a very protected homeland, is not an acceptable option. i think most americans would agree with me on that. >> reporter: what about the argument that north korea will never actually fire ra missile? that this is just a bargaining
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